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Actor Tom Hardy may be known for playing Hollywood’s tough guys but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a huge soft spot for animals. Hardy’s love for dogs has become somewhat of an Internet sensation, with one Instagram account boasting over 91,000 followers filled with nothing but photos of him holding dogs.

And now we have one more reason to admire the talented actor: his poignant tribute to his late dog, Woody. Hardy shared a long and heart-filled message on Tumblr about the story of Woodstock, an 11-week-old stray that he adopted after finding him running loose on the streets of Georgia in 2011, while he was filming Lawless. Sadly, at just six-years-old, Woody recently passed away after a six-month battle with aggressive polymyositis.

The emotional post is filled with the memories of how Woody got his name and how the pup was on many sets, making countless crew members love him. Hardy even notes Woody was #73 most influential animal in TIME magazine, beating out the shark in Jaws. Hardy even sweetly noted that Woody loved his wife Charlotte, like a mom, “And when she was pregnant he guarded her fiercely.”

“I am ultimately grateful for his loyal companionship and love and it is of some great comfort that he is no longer suffering. Above all, I am completely gutted. The world for me was a better place with him in it and by my side,” Hardy penned in the personal tribute

Hardy was rarely seen without Woody. He even brought Woody to the premier of Legend in 2015. The two clearly shared a strong bond. 

Hardy’s post also included a touching video highlighting personal photos of Woody over the years. 


Hardy has been a dog lover ever since the age of 15 when he adopted Max, a Labrador mix. He once told Dogs Daily that, “I wouldn’t go to [acting] class unless Max was allowed in.” Coincidentally, Max passed in 2011, the same year Hardy found Woody. Hardy notes in the Tumblr post that now Woody is with Max in heaven, “I love you beyond words. To the moon and back again and again to infinity and beyond. Run with Max now and the angels. I will see you when I get there”

Thank you, Tom, for saving Woody and providing him with the best life possible. Hardy’s heart-wrenching tribute to his late dog is certainly something anyone who has ever lost a dog can relate to. Our late beloved dogs will forever be in our hearts.

Image source: tomhardydotorg/Tumblr